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Former Michigan State defensive lineman arrested in Florida

Legal troubles continue for this former All-American and second-round draft selection

Former Michigan State defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested on Tuesday on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and public exposure, according to a police report from the Broward Sheriff's Office in Florida.

According to multiple reports, McDowell was seen walking naked into a children's learning center. When he was confronted by police, McDowell reportedly attacked and injured a deputy. McDowell then fled but was eventually tased and handcuffed.

This is the latest in a long list of incidents involving the police for McDowell since his collegiate career ended. McDowell spent three seasons playing for the Spartans from 2014 through 2016, before being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

Due to injuries sustain via an ATV accident in 2017, and multiple arrests, McDowell was released by the Seahawks in March 2019. McDowell then signed with the Cleveland Browns in May 2021, and started 16 games with the franchise this past season.

A full report of McDowell's latest arrest, written by ESPN's Jake Trotter, can be read below.


Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested Monday in Florida on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence and public exposure, according to an online record from the Broward Sheriff's Office.

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According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which cited the arrest report, McDowell beat a deputy in a "violent attack" that left the officer "dazed." McDowell is being held on a $27,000 bond, according to the online record.

"We are aware of the very concerning incident and arrest involving Malik McDowell and are in the process of gathering more information," a Browns spokesperson said in a statement. "We understand the severity of this matter and our thoughts are for the well-being of all involved. We will have no further comment at this time."

According to the incident report obtained by the Sun Sentinel, police in Deerfield Beach, Florida, reported getting a call of a naked man walking near a school, later to be determined as a children's learning center that was in session. When confronted, McDowell charged at police "full speed with closed fist," according to the report, leaving a deputy injured. McDowell then fled, but eventually was shocked with a Taser and handcuffed.

The Seattle Seahawks selected McDowell out of Michigan State in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. But before his first season, he suffered a head injury in an ATV accident. He never played a down for Seattle, which released him before training camp the following summer.

In 2019, McDowell was charged in Michigan with driving while impaired, obstructing justice and assaulting a police officer. Video showed McDowell fighting with police even after they stunned him with a Taser following a DUI stop. Two months later, he was found in possession of a stolen truck, leading to another charge of receiving and concealing stolen property. He was sentenced to 11 months in jail and three years' probation after pleading guilty to the series of crimes.

The Browns gave McDowell a second chance at football last year, with Cleveland general manager Andrew Berry noting that McDowell had been "accountable for his actions" and was "in a good place, personally and medically."

McDowell went on to win a starting job at defensive tackle for the Browns this past season, finishing with 33 tackles and three sacks.